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can't do this to the pentagon, you're going to endanger or national security. bill crystal said to do this would be deeply irresponsible, but you're seeing the economic wing of the party, the never raise taxes wing of the party is winning this argument. we're seeing a republican party that's clarifying the priorities for us. essentially saying lower spending and lower taxes are more important than the levels of defense spending that national security conservatives want. i think that's fascinating. >> the other fascinating thing i foul about this poll, and you can interpret numbers almost any way you want, i was shocked tore 22% in this poll considered themselves republicans, chris. i mean, is there a messaging problem here? >> i think so. i think republicans are trying to be the party of responsibility and they're trying to say we have a spending problem, we need to move this forward. that's a generally popular message until you start cutting people where they can feel it. i think both sides are wondering how much do people feel it? when you have this game of political chicken, i thin
secretary of state hillary clinton at an awards ceremony at the pentagon with secretary of defense leon panetta. general dempsey there with her holding the award. the first time we have seen hillary clinton since she first left office. first time since her accident. and as you probably noticed in these pictures that we, again, just got in a moment ago, she's not wearing her corrective prism glasses. it appears as though she's able to return wearing her contact lenses. again, hillary clinton receiving an award there at the pentagon just moments ago. we'll continue to watch that and we'll have more right after the break. tely so this is a big deal, our first full team gathering! i wanted to call on a few people. ashley, ashley marshall... here. since we're often all on the move, ashley suggested we use fedex office to hold packages for us. great job. [ applause ] thank you. and on a protocol note, i'd like to talk to tim hill about his tendency to use all caps in emails. [ shouting ] oh i'm sorry guys. ah sometimes the caps lock gets stuck on my keyboard. hey do you wanna get a drink late
billion. now, we do know $46 billion comes from the pentagon. "the baltimore sun" headlines read big pay cut contemplated for civilian defense workers. "the washington post", u.s. schools brace for federal funding cuts. the "new york times" meantime highlights federal spending cuts threaten delays in air travel. let me bring in loren fox politics reporter for "u.s. news and world report" and "usa today" washington bureau chief susan paige. good morning. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> the president clearly thinks he has the upper hand. your poll yesterday suggested he does but is he in danger of overplaying it? >> well, it's always possible. we'll see what -- how much people really feel the impact if the sequester cuts go into effect as we think they probably will next week. but what we found in the new "usa today"/pew research poll is that about half of americans say it is going to be the fault of congressional republicans if they can't reach a deal. just 31% said they'd blame the president. that's pretty good standing for the president going into yet another one of these fisca
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